Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday Link Salad

Well it's Sunday, and exactly two weeks until Christmas day. Yee Gads!  So obviously life everywhere is starting to ramp up with parties, decorating, gift buying, gift wrapping, baking and cleaning. I baked for 5 hours yesterday, and yes, I am eating some of it now. 
Don't judge, Christmas cookies make excellent breakfast.
But book news is moving along at full speed despite the craziness out there, so if you have 15 minutes then click away and let me get you in the know.

- The big news in releases this week was Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (I'm halfway through my copy, and the only reason it isn't done yet is because I've been so busy, because it's awesomesauce).  Cassie had a huge party in NYC for the release, but she's also done a bunch of interviews for us lesser mortals who couldn't be in the big apple.
First up she gives out some writing advice over at Galley Cat, my favorite is the House answer (go HOUSE!).  Then Mundie Moms has a great little interview with Cassie, in which it's revealed what scene made Cassie Clare cry while writing it (with page number).  They also have a handful of short character interviews with Clockwork favorites.

-Julie Kagawa's Immortal Rules had it's cover reveal this week.  Julie was busy tweeting how excited she was that she finally gets a black cover.

- Scott Westerfeld appreciates that his Leviathan fans are feeling bereft from the lack of Alek, Deryn and Bovril in their lives now that Goliath has wrapped out the series.  So he's decided we get one more piece of art (besides the forthcoming Manual of Aeronautics companion guide).  The best part is, he's making it a vote, so make sure to stop by and have your say (Bovril in a dress or Alek in a dress is my vote).

-Shannon Whitney Messenger posted a great blog post on how not to write your first book.  Since she recently announced her first book deal she's likely a good source if you're hoping the book you're currently working on will be your fist published book. 

-Maggie Steifvater was full of little posts this week.  She linked up to a sampler of The Scorpio Races audiobook, reviewed the Night Circus, and best of all she re-posted humiliating writing from her teen years (originally posted in 2009 but hilarious still!).  Trust me, if you read anything this week- read that.

-Finally, remember when I mooned over Fracture earlier this week?  Well I've got more mooning to share.  If you head on over to the Fracture facebook page, you can link up to a new short story from Deckers point of view called 11 Minutes.  If you've read the excerpt already you'll really enjoy this piece.  If not, what are you waiting for?  You can also head over to Megan Miranda's blog where she talks about writing the short story and about some ARC giveaways for Fracture.

Now go forth and be productive already! Christmas is only two weeks from today!!

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